Norse mythology refers to the mythology and religion of the Norse (also called Vikings) and Germanic peoples, which existed before their conversion to Christianity. The myths are vibrant, intriguing and unique, showcasing the beliefs and ideals of the people who believed in them.

Norse mythology is full of interesting and complex figures, such as Odin, Loki, Thor, Freya and Frigg. It can be harsh and sordid, often even fatalistic, representing the worldview of the Norse people and the harsh environment they lived in.

 

As Neil Gaiman so aptly puts it, “The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.”

 

Our series on Norse mythology covers all the main characters, creatures and events, highlighting the importance of the stories and their symbolism and relevance today.

15 Unique Creatures of Norse Mythology

Creatures of Norse Mythology

The nine worlds of Norse mythology are full of bizarre mythical creatures such as giants, dwarves, elves, norns and the Kraken. While Norse mythology is predominantly about the Norse gods, these ...

11 Legendary Norse Mythology Weapons

Famous Norse weapons mythology

From the ancient Germanic tribes that plagued Rome to the medieval Viking raiders that reached North American shores, most Norse cultures have never shied away from war. This is clearly reflected ...

Who is Gullveig? Norse Mythology

Gullveig Norse mythology

Gullveig is one of those special characters in Norse myths and legends that is scarcely mentioned but yet plays an important role. The subject of endless speculation, Gullveig is a character that ...

Nerthus – Norse Mythology

Nerthus Norse mythology

Nerthus – is she yet another Norse goddess of the Earth or is she something truly special? And if it’s both, maybe Nerthus can help explain why there are so many seemingly duplicated Norse ...

Nidhogg – Norse Mythology

Nidhogg Norse mythology

Most cultures across the globe have legends of dragons and terrifying serpent-like monsters, and the Norse are no exception. In addition to Jörmungandr, the terrifying World Serpent and slayer of ...

Hugin and Munin – Odin’s Ravens Odin’s

Hugin and Munin odin's ravens

The Allfather god Odin is typically depicted with a pair of ravens on his shoulders. Odin’s ravens, known as Hugin and Munin (pronounced HOO-gin and MOO-nin and also spelled Huginn and Muninn), ...

Ragnarok – Final Battle in Norse Mythology

Ragnarok Norse mythology

The famous “End of Days” cataclysmic event in Norse myths, Ragnarok is the culmination of all myths and legends of the Norse people. It’s one of the most unique apocalyptic events in human ...

Valkyries – Norse Warrior Spirits

Valkyrie Norse warrior spirits

The Norse Valkyries are among the most famous beings and symbols to survive to this day from ancient Nordic and Germanic mythology. In modern culture, they are usually portrayed as beautiful and ...

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